AOL Travel
Print

Cleopatra's Needle, London

Cleopatra's Needle - London, United Kingdom
Cleopatra's Needle
Opposite Victoria Embankment Gardens, London, United Kingdom WC2N 6NAMap
+44 20 7234 5800(Tourist Information)
Neighborhood: Westminster/ St James
Overview

This granite obelisk was first erected in Egypt around 1500BC by Pharaoh Thotmes III. Although Cleopatra had nothing to do with the obelisk, it was named after the famous queen when it was moved to Alexandria in 12BC. In 1819, it was given as a gift to the British people in recognition of Nelson's victory over the French fleet. It was later erected on the Victoria Embankment in 1878. Magnificent bronze lions guard Cleopatra's Needle. The pink-granite monolith sits on a pedestal, within which are two earthenware containers enclosing objects which are bizarre, to say the least. Some of those objects are: bibles in various languages; a box of hairpins; a box of cigars; a hydraulic jack; copies of an engineering magazine and portraits of 12 of the most beautiful Englishwomen.

Write a Review

How would you rate your overall experience with Cleopatra's Needle?
Cleopatra's Needle General Information
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks
  • Nearest Train: Embankment
AOL Traveler Rating
0 POSITIVE Vote » Thanks for voting!
0 NEGATIVE Vote » Thanks for voting!
ADVERTISEMENT
NEARBY THINGS TO DO
NEARBY RESTAURANTS
Adam Street
0.1 mi
Savoy Grill
0.1 mi
Salieri
0.1 mi
NEARBY NIGHTLIFE
Salieri
0.1 mi